Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fortune Block (232 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick building on Main Street in Winnipeg was designed by architects C. Mancel Willmot and George W. Stewart, and constructed in 1882 for businessman Mark Fortune. He soon sold it to Alexander Macdonald who built the adjacent building, the Macdonald Block. It became a municipally-designated historic building in January 2016 and it received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg in 2020.

Fortune Block

Fortune Block (November 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Fortune Block at right and Commercial Hotel at left after restoration

Fortune Block at right and Commercial Hotel at left after restoration (August 2019)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89169, W97.13675
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Mancel Willmot (1855-1934)

Memorable Manitobans: Mark Fortune (1847-1912)

Memorable Manitobans: Alexander “Sandy” Macdonald (1843-1928)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Macdonald Block / Commercial Hotel (226 Main Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Some Old Winnipeg Buildings by Randy Rostecki
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 29, 1972-1973 Season


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and George Penner.

Page revised: 22 February 2020

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